MinXus Mail Bag: Susan McAllister’s Red & Black Saga Continues (Berkeley, California, USA)

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Mail-art by Susan McAllister (Berkeley, California, USA)

Susan McAllister has been a fantastic correspondent in 2014 and has factored into our sub-project of mapping West Coast USA mail-art. She closes the year by sending us this piece, which we believe is a spectacular addition to her series done in red and black.

Stepping back and taking a look, Tenderfoots will likely agree that Susan McAllister’s work is very diverse. We have praised the red and black pieces specifically, so she has kindly responded. We believe we detect a more “edgy” quality in this most recent postcard-size drawing. We find a hint of R. Crumb, something hallucinatory and a little menacing. A street art aesthetic is woven in as well, yet there is a retro hint of Escher and probably a dozen other things we didn’t catch. In short, Susan McAllister has an incredible ability to synthesize a wide range of influences into a cohesive work, and that includes the incorporation of found material (sometimes). This is a seamless and flawless piece that could easily be a FAB zine illustration.

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Deepest thanks to Susan McAllister for her great mail-art and faithful contributions to M-L!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. joeyknow
    Dec 19, 2014 @ 02:48:06

    THe West is the best


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